Jellyman, what you wanted to know?

dennis1983October 13, 2009

Hi

Jellyman you wroted "Since you seem to live in Finland, wouldn't it be better to try to explain the weather in Finland and the kinds of things that are grown there? That might be more interesting to many of us. " What you wanted to know or me to tell, i am trying to tell something about our fruit trees now, but you did not specify any way your request.

Yes i live in Finland. I live in southern Finland, or more accuratelu southwestern Finland. My zone is 7. In year 2008 lowest temperature was -17 Celsius degree, that puts me to zone 7 on that year. I wrote this as you said to one your message to Pennsylvania people in thread "Prunning nee apple tree (Pic)" that write zone in message. Well there it is. I am in low elevation place, as Finland is quite low elevation country. We do not have mountains here in Finland. I am or the weather station in my city is 112 meters above sea level (Which is 367 feet if i remember right). About the same what Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A. is slightly lower. But Charlotte has mountains coming quite fast when moving to west, appalachians i meant.

As you asked what grows here. I have told i locate about as north Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A. But here is big differences about Alaska, and Finland. We have gulf stream, Alaska does not. It keeps us significantly warmer than Alaska (Especially in winter.).

I have read on internet peach variety Red Heaven and Frost have been grow in Finland. Also read Frost have survived 2 winters here, that mesasge was wroted in year 2009 so, probably this means winters 2009 and 2008.

Someone said apples grow in Alaska, does peaches grow there? let' me guess, no. No peaches is growing Alaska, right?

I have grown pear tree here Jellyman. I planted it if i remember right year 1998, so it is 11 years old now in year 2009. It is still live here, if you ask it. My pear is Pyrus Communis and variety is Aunen päärynä. I got pear fruits from mine tree this year too :). Also i have said some years before also, but did not wrote down those years.

I do not see winter damage on my pear tree (i think so), Jellyman if you think that. Also my pear tree is self-fertile, so it produce pear fruits without another pear tree or pollinator. If you think where my pear tree is, it is in garden. If you ask did i protect it, no i didn't. It gets snow in winter that protects in winter. No special winter protection during cold time in winter. I put protection to it in autumn, to prevent rabbits to eat it, possible eating. But i have not seen much rabbits to eat my pear tree. It is net around my pear tree during winter, to prevent rabbits to eat my pear tree, it does not protect any way my pear tree from cold (if you think it).

If you ask is mine pear tree fruits edible, yes they are. And i eat them, if you think of it.

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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Nice to hear from Finland, Dennis!
Wow...zone 7, I didn't think it was this high.
Does it get any lower somewhere else in Finland?
Does Finland grow sweet cherries?...if so,
is there a hardy one for my zone 3?

Konrad

    Bookmark   October 14, 2009 at 7:40PM
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dennis1983

Hi

I got 1 reply i see. Hi Konrad___far_north .

Well i said i was in zone 7 in 2008 year, it is not average. This year 2009 lowest temperature is lower, so i would like to keep that zone 7 still i can.

Yes it does get lower in Finland than zone 7.

To you question does Finland grow sweet cherries, answer is yes, we try to grow sweet cherries. Konrad you asked is here hardy variety to your zone 3. We do not use same zones as USDA use, we use our own zone system. So i do not really can't give you exact answer for that. But please remember growing fruits trees are a lot more than just your zone number. Others things also affect growing possibilites of fruit trees and plants generally.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2009 at 11:15PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

Thank you Dennis,

I found part of my question...
Helsinky at the very south, zone 5, to the north Oulu and Rovaniemy zone 4....couldn't find Ivalo.

As for cherries grown in your area as you posted ... Sunburst, Sam, Lapins, Stella, Van
Looks like most of these came from Canada for zone 5 or better.

>>But please remember growing fruits trees are a lot more than just your zone number.But please remember, my zone [3], temperature beyond minus 35C will kill flower buds.

Konrad

    Bookmark   October 17, 2009 at 2:07PM
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